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Old 02-22-2009, 11:42 PM   #1
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In A Funk
I have no idea why, but, I seem to be in a knitting (and crochet) funk. I just learned to crochet the other day and made a washcloth and a scarf, and, I'm dying to try my hand at more stuff, but, nothing is really striking me.

Unfortunately, the same goes for the knitting. I finished off a section of a blanket I'm making for hubby and wanted a little break from it as it was very tedious, but, I just don't know what to work on now.

I still have all my beautiful yarn I bought with my gift certificates from Christmas and have no clue what to do with it. I've been looking through patterns like mad but, to no avail.

I'm waiting for something to just jump out at me, something that makes me say, THAT'S IT! but I can't find a thing! :(

So, I just end up feeling incredibly restless...I can't get the feeling out of my mind that I HAVE to be knitting or crocheting something, but I don't know what to make! I don't want to "waste" my new yarn on something I won't really use, like a scarf or hat, but, I don't really have enough of each color to make much! I knew I should have picked out a project first and then bought the yarn.

How do you all get through your funks? Do you knit or crochet anyway or just hold out until you find something you really, really want to make?

The worst part of it for me right now is that restless feeling...That I should be making something instead of sitting there, staring into space, frustrated by the thought of not knowing what to
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Old 02-22-2009, 11:47 PM   #2
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I have these funks too sometimes. When it happens, I just don't knit or crochet for awhile because I just find it frustrating and I am prone to mistakes. I find other things to do (reading, watching movies, etc.). It has never last more than a week or so. But I think it happens to everyone who knits or crochets regularly.
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Old 02-22-2009, 11:53 PM   #3
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I get that way. I find it helps to cast on for a few projects. Ones that get my attention but don't hold them. I'll stitch away on them for a bit.

If they just stay blah, I pull them out with in a day or two [I knit fast], wind the yarn/wool up again and just wait.

Or... I'll cast on an 'interesting' pair of socks.

Read: my husband, kids and other people who want my socks think socks shouldn't have holes knit into them in patterns, etc.

I find socks really good for getting me past the funk because I can try a new technique, or something and be done with them rather quickly.

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Old 02-23-2009, 12:52 AM   #4
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I've been there, too. I just take a break, but look at KH and Rav and eventually it came back.

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Old 02-23-2009, 02:51 AM   #5
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I was in that same funk a couple of months ago. I wanted to do something but nothing was striking me. I got myself out of it by finding a complicated pattern (complicated for me, an intricate lace design) and worked on it. As I saw the pattern emerging I got all excited again about knitting and know have a to do list that is getting a bit daunting hahaha...

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Old 02-23-2009, 06:09 AM   #6
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Yeah, I know the feeling. For me, it's a good time to look at some stitch dictionaries and try out some of the patterns. My fav "don't know what to make but have this yarn I want to try" project is wristwarmers. You get to try the yarn out, you can make them as fancy or plain as you want, you can practice all kinds of cast-ons, bind-offs, techniques (I just learned Kitchener Stitch -- finally -- with a pair of wristies yesterday), and patterns you like. And people love getting them as gifts.

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Old 02-23-2009, 07:06 AM   #7
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What gets me out of a funk is to knit a small item as a gift for somebody who needs a lift....someone who might be lonely, sick, or just in need of a caring hug.

I sent a short, soft scarf to an e-friend on a forum as a 'warm hug' and she talks about it on the forum a lot, seems to be wearing it every day, even around the house. She lives in Colorado where it's snowy and cold right now.

and as a bonus: she is going to learn to knit too (at age 50)!

So my advice: make someone's day with a small (or big) cuddly scarf.
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Old 02-23-2009, 02:31 PM   #8
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I agree with everyone. I just end up either taking a break or I do another type of project. Making blankets CAN be very tedious, so I switch over to crocheting or knitting something small that can be completed fast (like toys). Sometimes it's just about changing things up. And sometimes it's about taking the needed break and coming back refreshed.

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Old 02-23-2009, 04:14 PM   #9
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funk funk funk ! yes that's the word and that's the feeling.

I get nutsy when I don't have a good pattern/item on the needles. Well, I always have this huge afghan made out of bits and pieces of left over yarn... going, it's been almost a year for that, I just do a bit now and then. But I agree about SOCKS, I just about always have a sock on the needles, I love knitting with little dpns, I just made my husband a beautiful thick purple pair and now I' back to my pair. but it's still not enough! I want 3 or 4 great things going and I'm really looking for a nice vest now and something else....

Do you make socks? Oh, I started a really neat on the diagonal scarf from Morehouse Farms this morning, it's really neat, variagated yarn is that spelled right, variegated yarn, very unsual and easy too. Keep looking, you'll come up with something soon....

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Old 02-23-2009, 04:19 PM   #10
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Sometimes what I will do is just make a square, but use a new pattern/stitch. However, I do it with a means to an end. I use some of my stash, make a bunch of the same sized squares in complimentary colors, which I will eventually stitch together into an afghan. That way I feel like I am working toward accomplishing something, but don't worry about the time aspect (and I don't tell anyone that I am putting together an afghan, so there are no expectations!)


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